Prosecutor: No charges in Lynch sex assault case

Due to lack of evidence, sexual assault charges will not be filed against Reggie Lynch.

Kevin Beckman

Gophers basketball player Reggie Lynch won’t face sexual assault charges, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Hennepin County declined to pursue charges against Lynch — a 21-year-old University of Minnesota junior accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman — Monday, said Chuck Laszewski, an attorney’s office spokesman.

“There is insufficient evidence to determine whether a crime was committed,” he said.

Lynch was arrested by the University of Minnesota Police Department on suspicion of sexually assaulting the woman in a campus apartment building on May 8. Prosecutors initially deferred charges while authorities investigated the allegations further.

He was released from jail May 10.

Following his arrest, Lynch — who transferred from Illinois State in 2015 — was suspended from the team indefinitely, pending the outcome of the county’s investigation.

University spokesman Evan Lapiska said Lynch remained suspended as of Tuesday afternoon.

“The University is aware that the Hennepin County Attorney’s office has declined charges related to a member of the Gophers men’s basketball team. At this time, the student-athlete’s status remains unchanged,” he said in an emailed statement.